In less than three weeks, Daniel Craig will grace our screens as the iconic 007 for the last time. And he has some thoughts on who his replacement might be for the popular franchise.
“No Time To Die” will hit theaters in the UK on Sept. 30 and in the U.S. one week later on Oct. 8. We’ve lost count of how many times it’s been delayed, due to the pandemic and other issues. But the film represents a large milestone for the franchise, considering it’s the 25th James Bond film and the last one Daniel Craig will star in. So, who will take up the mantle after him?
If Craig has a say in it, the next James Bond will not be a woman.
But he gave his reasons to Radio Times in a recent interview. The Bond actor claims that the role was written for a man, and women deserve to have a role similarly written for them.
“There should simply be better parts for women and actors of color,” Daniel Craig explained. “Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
This mimics what franchise producer Barbara Broccoli told Variety last year about the character. She said something similar to Craig about wanting to create a new James Bond-esque role for women.
“He can be of any color, but he is male,” Broccoli said. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
Daniel Craig Speaks on New Roles for Women in ‘No Time To Die’
The latest James Bond film will feature a new character played by Lashana Lynch. The 33-year-old will star alongside Daniel Craig as Nomi, an M16 agent.
To help write the character, the film brought on “Fleabag” actress and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Craig commended Waller-Bridge’s work on the “No Time To Die” script, including her work developing Lynch’s character.
“She’s got devilish humour. Her influence permeates a lot of this film. She walked that fantastic line of keeping it as a thriller and being very funny,” Daniel Craig told Radio Times. “But Phoebe didn’t come in to change Bond. She came in to spice it up for sure, but she’s a Bond fan – she wasn’t about to take him in a different direction.”
And for anyone who thinks Lynch might take up the mantle of Bond, she quickly put those rumors to rest in an interview with The Guardian. “Nooo! You don’t want me!” she said. But the actress did say that she thinks the role could be more open to interpretation.
“With Bond, it could be a man or woman,” Lynch said. “They could be white, black, Asian, mixed race. They could be young or old. At the end of the day, even if a two-year-old was playing Bond, everyone would flock to the cinema to see what this two-year-old’s gonna do, no?”
She added, “We are in a place in time where the industry is not just giving audiences what it thinks the audience wants. They’re actually giving the audience what they want to give the audience.”
For now, we’ll have to wait and see who the next James Bond could be.